The International Downtown Association (IDA) has selected Kim Briesemeister, co-founder of Redevelopment Management Associates (www.rma.us.com), to serve on their Implementing Public Private Partnership Council. The IDA is the premier association of urban place managers who are shaping and activating dynamic downtown districts, connecting all the stakeholders in a downtown area, and bridging the gap between the public and private sectors.
“I am honored to have been chosen to join this Council,” said Briesemeister. “Working with other internationally recognized leaders, we will be contributing to the growing, relevant body of knowledge on the urban district management industry.”
Part of the strategic plan for IDA is to create a resource center for ideas and innovative best practices in urban place management, with constantly updated, real-world, shared body of knowledge and expertise, that IDA members can rely on to support their daily work.
In 2015, the International Downtown Association embarked on an in-depth process to fully and accurately understand the most pressing issues facing downtown urban centers in the next 3-5 years and to develop an issues framework that will guide IDA programming and research.
To define the top issues, IDA and the IDA Research Committee synthesized: member survey results of top priorities facing urban centers over the next 3-5 years, survey results for top priorities facing urban centers in the UK over the next 3-5 years, analysis of the past 3 years of media perspectives on downtowns, a thorough environmental scan, and member interviews.
Each year, a selection of top issues will be addressed by a council. The 2016 council issues are:
- Downtown Residential Issues and Housing Attainment
- Ability to Attract Commercial Investment
- Activating Public Space
- Pedestrian Improvements
- Maintaining Authentic Feel and Character
- Implementing Successful Public-Private Partnership